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West and South win again
Lambert falls in first varsity home game
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West Forsyth's Ethan Shirley (4) looks for running room against Cherokee. The Wolverines won their home opener 42-17. - photo by Autumn McBride
The third week of the 2010 high school football season featured just three Forsyth County teams, all of which were playing at home and coming off big road wins last week.

In state Class AAAAA, West Forsyth welcomed Cherokee for its home opener.

In Class AAAA, South Forsyth looked to remain unbeaten as it played host to Woodland from Bartow County, while Lambert played its first varsity home game against visiting Chattahoochee.

Central (0-1), North Forsyth (1-1) and Pinecrest Academy (0-2) had bye weeks.

* West Forsyth 42, Cherokee 17

Last week West Forsyth used stout defense to get its first victory, but it was the offense that led the way in Week 2.

The Wolverines totaled 399 yards rushing on 40 carries, wearing down the visiting Cherokee defense for a 42-17 victory.

The West ground game was led by Blake Roberts, who carried 13 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Keith added 137 yards on just seven carries.

“Last week it was our defense, this week our offense,” said West head coach Frank Hepler.

"Our kids have got to work and understand the value of both sides of the ball working together and feeding off of each other, because it certainly does not get any easier for us from here.”

West (2-0) plays the second of three consecutive home games next week against Etowah, another Cherokee County school.

* South Forsyth 56, Woodland 19

South improved its record to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2003, thanks to a 56-19 win over Woodland.

"I told our kids that our goal isn't to win later on, our goal is to win this year," said South head coach Jeff Arnette.

Led by a quick-strike offense, the War Eagles did just that in their home opener. South turned a 28-13 affair at halftime into a blowout with three touchdowns in the third quarter.

In all, the War Eagles scored touchdowns on seven of 10 offensive possessions in the game with six of those scores taking four plays or less. Seven different players scored and South finished the night with 400 total yards of offense.

Quarterback Nick Belyew went 8-of-14 with 109 yards passing and two touchdowns. The War Eagle ground game tallied 291 yards. The defense was stout as well as they forced three turnovers, two fumbles and an interception.

South, which is off Friday, will return to action Sept. 17, when it travels to Lambert.

* Chattahoochee 31, Lambert 7

Chattahoochee quarterback Timmy Byerly victimized Lambert for 246 total yards and three touchdowns, as the Cougars built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter en route to a 31-7 win at the Horn.

Three fumbles in the first quarter knocked the Longhorns out of the running early, as Chattahoochee scored on each to build the advantage.

Lambert head coach Sid Maxwell said the big early deficit made life tough for his offense, which had to put more focus on passing the ball.

"We've got to learn to grow up and put together 10- and 12-play drives, because the best defense is the one on the sidelines," he said. "We have the ability to do that, but we're not there yet."

Lambert got on the scoreboard with just 9 seconds left in the game as Horns quarterback David Broadus (87 total yards) completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Russell.

Next up for Lambert (1-1) is a visit across the Cherokee County line to face Creekview.

-- For complete coverage of all of Friday's local high school football action, see the next edition of the Forsyth County News.